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Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14

3 – 5pm


Vincent van Gogh. The Postman (detail), 1889. BF37. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4-day intensive)

About the Class

The term “post-impressionism” was first used by a critic in 1910 to describe the various artistic styles that emerged in France in the decades after impressionism. This course zooms in on key post-impressionist paintings in the Barnes collection—works by Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin—to explore the divergent directions of the Parisian avant-garde during the closing decades of the 19th century. The journey will take us from an artist’s studio in Paris, to the rocky landscapes of Provence, to the tropical island of Tahiti.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.


Kedra Kearis

Kearis is a member of the adult education faculty at the Barnes. She specializes in art and material culture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between gender, space, and the visual arts. In addition, Kearis has taught French language and literature for more than a decade.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?